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An ecological perspective on entrepreneurship in industrial districts

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  • Udo Staber
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    The model of industrial districts postulates that business foundings are driven by co--operative and competitive processes. These dynamic processes reflect inter--firm learning, operational flexibility, and constant innovation, and are seen as the source of a district's economic vitality. However, empirical studies have usually followed static research designs and investigators have tended to make dynamic inferences from cross--sectional data. In this study, the author draws on organizational ecological theory to test hypotheses concerning temporal variations in the relationship between co--operation, competition, and business founding rates in a textile--clothing district in Germany.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Entrepreneurship & Regional Development.

    Volume (Year): 9 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 45-64

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    1. Hall, Jeremy K. & Daneke, Gregory A. & Lenox, Michael J., 2010. "Sustainable development and entrepreneurship: Past contributions and future directions," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 439-448, September.
    2. Pierre-Alexandre Balland & José Antonio Belso-Martínez & Andrea Morrison, 2014. "The Dynamics of Technical and Business Networks in Industrial Clusters: Embeddedness, status or proximity?," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1412, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Apr 2014.

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